munch·​kin | \ ˈmənch-ˌkin How to pronounce munchkin (audio) \

Definition of munchkin

: a person who is notably small and often endearing

Examples of munchkin in a Sentence

“What's wrong, munchkin?” she asked the toddler.
Recent Examples on the Web The singer also pokes fun at Trump by depicting him as an orange munchkin speaking behind a heavy-duty door, and dressing as The Cowardly Lion. Xavier Piedra, Billboard, "41 Times Parody Singer Randy Rainbow Roasted Donald Trump," 10 Jan. 2021 The star signified my membership in the munchkin division of the Communist brotherhood—known as October’s Children, oktyabryata—the duty and privilege of every boy and girl aged seven to nine. Alex Halberstadt, The New Yorker, "October’s Child: The Year I Left the Soviet Union," 5 Apr. 2020 The Wizard of Oz’’ includes footage of a munchkin committing suicide. Elahe Izadi,, "There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can’t keep up," 18 Apr. 2020 Just got the great news that all is well and all is healthy with this little munchkin. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are expecting their fifth child months after miscarriage," 6 Apr. 2020 One week till my due date!💃🥰 Sending love from me, Daisy, Daddy the photographer, and the munchkin/watermelon in my belly! Anya Leon,, "It's a Boy! Fox & Friends' Jedediah Bila Welcomes Son Hartley Luca: 'So Filled with Love'," 18 Nov. 2019 Another connection to Wisconsin was Meinhardt Raabe, who portrayed the coroner munchkin in the film. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are four things to know before the 80th anniversary celebration of 'The Wizard of Oz' in Oconomowoc," 12 Aug. 2019 Low and Steady Wins the Race This one might seem obvious, but items that can topple or pieces with sharp corners are a big no-no with a munchkin running around. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "How to Babyproof Your Home Without Sacrificing Style," 9 July 2019 The person who hired us came once a week to bring us our checks and box of Dunkin' Donut munchkins. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "From Nightmare Temp Jobs to Ticket Scalper Horror Stories—The Side Hustles We Don't Recommend," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of munchkin

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for munchkin

the Munchkins, diminutive creatures in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

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The first known use of munchkin was in 1972

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18 Jan 2021

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“Munchkin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of munchkin

US, informal : a child or small person

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